I think of attachment and nostalgia for an object as a form of psychological currency that enhances the importance of an item and reflect how these items shape our identities. I use my personal belongings, found objects, handmade books and paper to convey the relationship between object and owner, questioning the value of an object beyond its formal service.
In this series, I have collected and organized personal objects, pictures, other miscellaneous things and compacted them into a book and a painting. Handmade paper was used to hold and glue these objects to their surface.
Objects Concreted, 2018, paper pulp, various objects, 36 x 55 in
Family Photo Album, 2018, ink jet images, various objects, handmade paper, thread, hardboard, 9 x 24 x 20 in
In this presentation, small objects were collected, separated into small bags, and presented in a grid format. With this installation, I am questioning the importance of objects; thinking about their use and usefulness as well as their function in the real world.
Collectables, Various objects in plastic bags
I question value in the amount of household items.
How many of these things will be enough? Does having more make them more efficient? Why do we always want more and want to buy more?
Hoarding Info, Books
Hoarding Crystals, Glass mugs and cups on an 8’ shelf
Hoarding Installation, Books, glass mugs and cups
Hoarding Warmth, Clothes
This is my effort to calculate, preserve and organize the emotional value in the things that I have collected throughout my entire life.
Stuffed Love, 46 panda bears collected throughout my life then tagged and displayed
Plastic Affection, Lamented birthday, Christmas, graduation, thank you and other greeting cards, written notes, show info cards and any other paper produced that I have held on to
These hand-made books were sealed both practically and conceptually; my intent was to protect these objects from outside forces. The materials I used to make these books are made with acidic, non archived paper and materials. My attempts to conserve and protect are forfeited by the fact that they will break down from what they are made out of.
This Installation that included the Untainted (Library), was designed for audience interaction. I was interested on how other people or a group of people at once treated other people belongings. I wanted to compare the emotional bond between object, owner and other.
In this series, I am exploring the surface of the canvas and its malleability, along with the action of painting/ collaging, and utilizing its support for more than just structure.
In this body of work, I am experimenting with the displacement of purpose and use with the supports of canvases.
These are singular or a series of projects that didn’t fit into a category.